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Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact Podcast

Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact, hosted by Allen Scott, focuses on the business implications of government spending in core industries of defense IT and technology, energy, finance, health care and transportation, as well as the appropriations process in Congress. The show is a joint production with Federal News Radio 1500 AM in Washington, DC. For more information about Bloomberg Government, visit


Hosted by Allen Scott

  • Capital Impact: Frigid Winter Chills Housing Market (Audio)

    Feb 24, 2014

    Housing starts in the U.S. slumped in January by the most in almost three years as unusually harsh winter weather added to the industry's burdens. Bloomberg News reporter Michelle Jamrisko and BGOV analyst Nela Richardson join host Allen Scott on "Capital Impact" to discuss the weather and other economic excuses. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: America is One Giant Pothole (Audio)

    Feb 7, 2014

    Bloomberg Government, in partnership with Building America's Future, recently hosted an in-house event to discuss the nation's deteriorating infrastructure. On this week's "Capital Impact," host Allen Scott listens in and comments on highlights from the panel discussion, "America on the Move: Investing in U.S. Infrastructure." Featured speakers included Ray Lahood, the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: SOTU Hangover, Hummers with Wings (Audio)

    Jan 30, 2014

    "This could be a breakthrough year for America!" That was the optimistic note President Obama made at his latest State of the Union Address. But now the hard part: working with a deeply partisan Congress to achieve his goals. The president promised to use his executive powers as much as possible, but will that cause even more discord with his GOP rivals in the House? BGOV analysts Nela Richardson and Christoper Payne dissect what the president said versus political realities. Also, Bloomberg View columnist Megan McCardle talks about her latest essay, "Air Travel is Worse Than a Hummer with Wings," about the huge carbon footprints of jet planes. They all join "Capital Impact" host Allen Scott. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: Dodging Sequester's Pentagon Cuts (Audio)

    Jan 23, 2014

    Congress protected more than 100 Pentagon spending programs by providing more money than President Obama requested, despite a broad $30-billion cut to the Pentagon's non-combat-related budget. Although the amounts are smaller than defense contractors would like, they provide a degree of certainty for weapons contractors that has been missing since the Budget Control Act (aka sequestration) was passed in 2011. BGOV analysts Kevin Brancato and Rob Levinson discuss how and why Congress made their spending decisions -- and which contractors are the clear-cut winners and losers -- with "Capital Impact" host Allen Scott. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: Income Inequality, NIST Incentives (Audio)

    Jan 17, 2014

    Income inequality will become a familiar battle cry during the 2014 mid-term elections. Democrats want to boost the federal minimum wage to at least $10. Republicans are pushing back, saying regulations and taxes are stifling economic growth and job creation. Which political party do you trust? BGOV analyst Nela Richardson looks at both sides of this election-year argument. Also, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is pushing ahead with a "voluntary" cybersecurity framework, but incentives to encourage companies to implement the framework are moving less quickly. Will critical infrastructure firms make the transition? And will private industry get on board before power companies? BGOV analyst Sanford Reback discusses his latest study with "Capital Impact" host Allen Scott. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: Congress 2014 Forecast, Compensation Cap (Audio

    Jan 10, 2014

    Congress had an awful year in 2013 -- a federal shutdown, a near-miss on a debt default, and legislators passed the fewest number of meaningful bills in decades. It's tempting to conclude that 2014 won't be any different… Or will it? BGOV analyst Loren Duggan discusses the legislative year to come. Also, the budget deal passed by Congress before the holidays set a new annual compensation limit of $487,000 for certain types of federal contracts. Was it a planned move to break the budget logjam? BGOV analyst Stacy O'Mara explains the ins and outs of the contract compensation cap. They both talk with "Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact" host Allen Scott. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: Budget, Sequester and Defense Sales (Audio)

    Dec 19, 2013

    With 2013 coming to close, what does the outcome of budget negotiations mean for federal spending in 2014 and beyond? Analyst Kevin Brancato discusses his recent BGOV webinar addressing that very topic, and why most defense contractors aren't at risk despite tighter budgets and the wind-down from two wars. Also, the Middle East will remain the primary source of overseas sales opportunities for U.S.-based defense companies, even as the Pentagon pivots to Asia and bolsters its partnerships with European allies. What's the reasoning behind that decision? Brancato talks with "Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact" host Allen Scott. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: Budget Deal, Volcker Rule, Bitcoin (Audio)

    Dec 12, 2013

    This week it's a roundtable discussion with three Bloomberg analysts -- Melissa Avstreih from Bloomberg Industries, and Nela Richardson and Christopher Payne with Bloomberg Government. The big story of the week is a budget deal that may actually pass both houses of Congress. Who gave up more concessions, Republicans or Democrats? The panelists also address the likely passage of the Volcker Rule, which would prohibit banks from using client funds to make speculative bets on asset prices. And finally: What is Bitcoin? And is it here to stay, or are we looking at another bubble that is likely to burst? The analysts talk with "Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact" host Allen Scott. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: Dodd-Frank Up, Trans Fat Down (Audio)

    Dec 5, 2013

    BGOV analyst Cady North discusses the progress of implementing Dodd-Frank, including the potential for a Volker Rule before the end of the year, plus a report card on new SEC chair Mary Jo White. Also, the FDA recently found that partially hydrogenated oils -- a primary source of trans fats in certain types of food -- are "not generally recognized as safe." Larger restaurants and food companies can better weather the transition away from trans fats, but it could be a blow to smaller mom-and-pop shops. And are salt and sugar next? BGOV analyst Brian Rye talks with "Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact" host Allen Scott. (Source: Bloomberg)

  • Capital Impact: Sequestration Hits Plane Upgrades (Audio)

    Nov 21, 2013

    The Pentagon is amending its four-year, $40-billion program to upgrade its aircraft inventories to stretch an extra year, covering fiscal years 2014 through 2018. BGOV analyst Kevin Brancato talks with "Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact" host Allen Scott about winners and losers -- the aircraft manufacturers and maintenance contractors that will bear the biggest brunt of the cuts, and the ones who might best weather the sequestration storm. (Source: Bloomberg)

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